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Charm entitled 'Cuntas An t-Sleamhnain' or 'Eolas an t-Sleannagain', 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW87/11

Scope and Contents

Charm entitled 'Cuntas An t-Sleamhnain' or 'Eolas an t-Sleannagain' for healing a stye in which the tongue of a brooch is taken out and pointed at the stye, a lengthy verse is repeated in one breath and repeated three times. The operator of the charm has to be paid a fee which may be 'as valueless as a pin'. The title 'Eolas an t-Sleannagain' is written in a different ink as is the repeated transversely written explanation of the charm and one insertion in the original charm. The additional text states that the operator of the charm must be a woman and that the brooch pin is jabbed towards the eye 'as if to run the sleannagan through'. The explanation for the charm leads into the next charm, entitled 'Losga[dh] Na Bui Buidheach' (jaundice).


  • Creation: 1883

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 41 folios ; 18 x 23 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 8v, line 14 to folio 9r, line 14 and folio 9r, line 22 to folio 9r, line 27

Related Materials



Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol II (Edinburgh, 1900) pp 72-73

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